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Lord of the Rings a Readers Companion Hardcover – Import, 2005
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Make no mistake, this is a scholarly book and its pretty dense and at times it will push the average LOTR reader. It is full of (appropriately) word origins and possible source info, word meanings and linguistic notes. Still, because of Tolkien's own linguistics background and motivations, this is a must to have at the core of the book and there is plenty of other types of info as well to add roundness and variety to the content.
Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond obviously read and write about LOTR in a way that the casual reader cannot and their considerible knowledge and resources (such as Christopher Tolkien himself) come into play. The book can be used as a side-by-side volume or can be read on its own chronologically. Also included is Tolkien's own, previously out of print "Nomenclature" or guide to names that he used to help potential translators of LOTR and a history of "The Lord of the Rings" The scholars also reference Tolkien's other works such as "The Hobbit", "Unfinished Tales", "The Silmarillion" and Christopher Tolkien's history of Middle-earth.
This is a 900 page work packed with information that can either be read completely or used as a help for those reading "The Lord of the Rings" and wish to get more depth and perspective from further Middle-earth exploration.
It is probably the most important Tolkien publication since (at least) Unfinished Tales in 1980.
This Reader's Companion consists of annotations to The Lord of the Rings. The length of Tolkien's masterwork, which is often mistakenly called a trilogy, made the normal method of including annotations alongside the text impossible, and so this separate volume has been produced. The annotations illuminate some interesting and sometimes obscure sections of the book and assist readers in interpreting Tolkien's rich but occasionally (to modern and American eyes) puzzling vocabulary. Tolkien readers and scholars will find it almost as fascinating as the book itself and many will probably read it straight through not once, but many times.
In addition to the annotations, A Reader's Companion also contains a wealth of material, including Wayne and Christina's own history of the writing of The Lord of the Rings.Read more ›
When the revised version of THE ANNOTATED HOBBIT came out in 2002 with Douglas A. Anderson's annotations, I was thrilled, as the original from 1988 was out of print. The way they handled THE HOBBIT was a large, oversized hardback, with the main text printed on wide sheets but only taking up the half closet to the binding, with the annotations on the outer edges of the sheets. The book is beautiful to hold, and it was very enlightening during rereadings of THE HOBBIT. It also noted all revisions, and gave original readings, including the original version of "Riddles in the Dark" chapter, which has been out of print for over fifty years. The natural question, of course, was when would LOTR get similar treatment? After all, LOTR had been in print for over fifty years, and such a publication has been long overdue.
Although the method described above worked well with THE HOBBIT, it proved unfeasible for LOTR. For one, LOTR is a much, much longer book than its prequel. So Hammond and his wife opted for a separate volume, and what a volume it is.
Due to the size of LOTR, the way READER'S COMPANION is broken up to cover each chapter in the book. Each annotation is proceeded by the first few words of whatever paragraph the two scholars are analysing at that point. This makes A READER'S COMPANION very easy to use, and to locate in your copy of LOTR the passage in which they are discussing.Read more ›
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Useful if you want to go deeper than a superficial reading of Tolkien's work. Who would have thought with the movies and related merchandise that hobbits and wizards would be... Read morePublished 3 months ago by thirdtwin
Amazing book! a must for all Tolkien enthusiasts!!!!!!Published 10 months ago by Marisol Mendez Chavez
A must-have book for those interested in JRR Tolkien's mythology!Published 11 months ago by Thalis Mantzouranis
This is a great little reference book for people who want to gain a greater and deeper understanding of the The Lord of the Rings. Read morePublished 13 months ago by K
I've read The Lord of the Rings at least once a year for 47 years. Although I knew many of the things noted, the ones I didn't added a new dimension when I read it this year.Published 18 months ago by Kathy P
Book was exactly what I was looking for. Each page is chock full of information that makes rereading the trilogy a pleasure.Published on February 23, 2014 by Ira Jacobs